4 tricks  to improve your communication skills  at work

Let’s be honest, communication is important when trying to get a point across. Whether you’re talking to a co-worker about something serious or not, ultimately an effective work place is based around interpersonal and professional relationships and attentive listening. Are you the whole package?

Working with the same people every day can get tiresome and boring. Ineffective communication skills can leave you coming off as being the know-it-all in your office, or the shy person who never talks. Both of these impressions will be to your detriment over time.

Here are some helpful tricks for improving your communication skills at work and to communicate effectively with your co-workers and supervisors:

1. Listen up.

Let’s focus on talking a little less, and listening to what others have to say. Listening is the most important aspect when it comes to verbal communication. Taking advantage of listening to other co-workers will allow you to build relationships.

When engaging in conversation throughout your work day, you’re listening to what other co-workers and supervisors have to say. It’s not easy for everyone to speak up, so give them an opportunity to voice their opinion because conversation can bring great ideas to the table.

By listening, you’re comforting another person and their thoughts. As Rachel says in 5 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills, I can’t stress enough over the fact that listening clearly and communicating clearly is key.

2. Interact with one another.

We live in a generation where technology is always on our mind and at our fingertips. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest — you name it, we are constantly interacting online. We are constantly on our cellphones, laptops, and anything we can get our hands on to in order to stay connected to what is happening in the world. These habits don’t seem to stop, even when we reach the work place. 

It seems easier when we don’t have to get up and converse in person. Emails and other types of online communication can be misinterpreted. You can’t really tell the tone of voice of the conversation without direct communication. This goes for clients as well. It’s best to have meetings in person, so you and the client know exactly what is taking place.

Being interactive with one another in the office will bring everyone together. When we email a co-worker that is sitting nearly 10 feet away, we don’t realize it would be more beneficial to interact in person. Try to get the ideas flowing on a chalk board or host a brainstorming session, rather than sending out a mass email for everyone to respond to. Being creative with one another in a group setting will allow everyone to get a chance to converse, and get to know the office on a more friendly basis.

Disconnect yourself from emails, cellphones, and other technology for 30 minutes to take time to interact with each another. Let the creative juices flow.

Related: 5 Ways to Enhance Your Creativity

3. Body language.

As twenty-somethings, we tend to express ourselves with hand gestures and eye movements. These are only natural tendencies. Everyone has them, whether you want to admit to them or not. It’s only natural for the body to express itself. This is the occasional throwing up of your hands or rolling of the eyes. You can tell how a person feels depending on their body language.

When you’re communicating with others in the office, try and control your reactions. Some body gestures can come off as negative.

4. Ask open-ended questions.

Asking questions is the smartest thing to do as a twenty-somethings because it keeps you informed. If you’re at work and in a meeting, there is never a dull moment of silence without questioning. You can use certain follow up questions such as “Can you elaborate on what you mean?” or “Where is this going to take us?” will keep the conversation moving. It leads to clarification for you and anyone else who is in the room who might have the same question. If you don’t ask questions, how will you learn and succeed in your professional life?

These helpful tips will improve how you effectively communicate at work. It’s not always the easiest to communicate at work because you’ll sometimes feel under pressure or stressed. You have to remember to stay positive, while being aware of the body language you use, such as the occasional eyebrow lift.

Displaying all of these effective communication skills in the workplace will create productivity and understanding between you, your co-workers, and your supervisors.

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